Sought out for its scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, outstanding fishing at Smith Mountain Lake and the Upper James River Water Trail and one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques, Roanoke is a charming city for retirement living. It’s home to nearly 100,000 residents, about 16,000 of whom are aged 65 and over. While many come for its recreational amenities, the city also supports easy access to healthcare services. Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital is rated among the top hospitals in the country and provides a broad range of general and specialty services, including cardiovascular care, diabetic care and gastroenterology. Following hospitalization, many seniors reside in a nursing home before transitioning back to their home environment. Roanoke is a cost-effective option for this type of care. The Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey discloses that local facilities charge $7,513 for this level of care, which is lower than state and national medians.
Nursing homes are residential facilities staffed by licensed healthcare professionals. They offer meals, personal care and around-the-clock medical support and monitoring, along with physical, occupational and speech therapy as needed. This high level of care is costly, but fortunately, affordable alternatives are available. Seniors who only need personal care services or a limited scope of skilled nursing may obtain the care they need in assisted living or via home-based care.
This guide provides more information on nursing home placement in Roanoke, including a cost analysis and a list of resources available to seniors with extensive care needs.